Notable Quotables - 09/28/1992


Clinton Never Lied?

"There is no evidence that Bill Clinton has lied. He's done nothing illegal. He has what I would call the politician's disease. He has tailored the truth to adapt to the reality of running in a conservative southern state."
- Newsweek Washington reporter Eleanor Clift on The McLaughlin Group, September 12.

Recurring Willie Horton Nightmares

George Bush: "Governor Clinton still has not brought a civil rights bill to the people of Arkansas."
CBS reporter Eric Engberg: "It is true that Arkansas and Alabama are the only two states without a civil rights law. But, time out. George Bush's civil rights record is less than pristine. He vetoed the civil rights bill of 1990 and when he ran for the Senate in '64 he campaigned against the Civil Rights Act. He built his '88 campaign around the Willie Horton issue."
- September 23 CBS Evening News "Campaign '92 Reality Check."


Small Town Politics: Smart or Not?

"There's a huge pool of economic anger in these small towns, and Clinton is trying to exploit it...In the heart of America, Clinton is finding the hurt of America."
- John Dancy, August 29 NBC Nightly News.

Reporter Tom Pettit: "Quayle also likes working obscure small towns in the South...The Quayle campaign stop begins to resemble Disney World's Main Street - the crowds predominantly white, but Quayle officials say he has been in many ghetto areas, but says he hasn't been there recently because there aren't many Republican votes there....No urban decay, no problem...Why is Quayle avoiding big cities?"
Michael Beschloss: "The strategy is keep him away from places he can do harm."
Pettit: "Right now, he is presenting his vision to the America of the past - small town America."
- Same newscast, next story.


Another Day on the Campaign Trail

The Democrats
Gore Runs With Quips And Pranks On the Trail
- New York Times, September 14

The Republicans
Bush Is Harsh, His Backers Harsher
- Same paper, next page

Poverty Blame Game

"According to the Census Bureau, 35.7 million people are living in poverty, two million more than before....But aiming blame at politicians may actually steer blame away from ourselves. Over the last generation, after all, we elected politicians who gave voice to our grievances and reduced what government could regulate and guarantee...The financial wealth of the United States has doubled, but the number of poor people has stayed the same. Instead of trickling down, apparently that wealth mostly stayed in the tight fists of those who became richer."
- Weekend Today co-host Scott Simon, September 5.

"According to guidelines established by the federal government, a family of four can be classified as living in poverty if its cash income is $13,924 a year or less. $13,924 a year for the four of you comes to $9.54 per person per day. Can anybody live on that?....One nation under God is what we say in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, but the Pledge was written long ago, and has never been adjusted for inflation. With 36 million Americans in poverty now, perhaps the Pledge ought to be brought up to date to read: two nations under God."
- CBS Sunday Morning host Charles Kuralt, September 6.


Cutting Quayle

"About these spectacles - the Sister Souljah nonsense a few months ago, the Vice President of the U.S. wagging his finger at hallucinations of the popular culture, denouncing Murphy Brown or telling the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour, `I will continue to speak out against Ice-T,' as if he were preparing for the Lincoln- Douglas debates - there is something both confused and vaguely degrading. Something unworthy and a little stupid."
- Time Senior Writer Lance Morrow, September 21.

Running Against Liberalism Can't Work

"While Bill Clinton motors through the heartland with a cheerful middle-of-the-road message, Bush is conspicuously stroking the party's conservative wing, echoing the cutting rhetoric of yore: anti-tax, anti-crime, anti-abortion. And he's using time-tested slime-and-distance tactics....the question is whether this kind of campaign is too late, too openly to the right, too raw - or just too familiar - to work one more time."
- Newsweek reporters Howard Fineman and Ann McDaniel, August 17.

"It's just possible that a traditional slash-the-liberals campaign - with nothing else to soften it or give a sense of optimism and energy - will seem too jagged, too desperate, and too obviously beside the point to work in 1992."
- Fineman and McDaniel, two weeks later.


Still Sad About the Soviets

"An independent Belarus doesn't hold much appeal to Mikhail Zhirovsky. He spent 19 years of his life putting tractors together and today he can buy less for himself and his family than he could ten years ago...Workers and managers alike say they long for the simpler days when there was a system to count on and things were affordable....Independence was more or less thrust upon the unsuspecting Belarussians."
- CNN reporter Claire Shipman, September 10 World News.


Another Code Word

"You're using the word `people' - new eyes, new directions - is that a code word for women?"
- CNN anchor Catherine Crier to Washington Senate candidate Patty Murray, September 16 Inside Politics.


Exhilarated by Democratic Women

"The day after two women, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, won their California primaries for the U.S. Senate, there was a rush, an exultation, that surpassed any political moment I have ever known - better even than Geraldine Ferraro's vice-presidential candidacy."
- Time Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Margaret Carlson in the September Redbook.


Oriental-Minority Ruled Government?

"In South Korea today, there was another massacre. This time at a place called Ciskei, one of the so-called black homelands that South Africa's white government set up years ago to keep blacks separate from whites."
- ABC World News Tonight anchor Forrest Sawyer, September 7.


Rush Favors Cross-Dressers?

"After watching the first week of his new syndicated series, one must logically conclude that Limbaugh is the lead component of an insidious left-wing conspiracy to make conservatives look like clowns....Rushie tried to disguise his true liberal feelings by constantly referring to Bill Clinton as `Slick Willie.' Funny, wouldn't you say, that Mr. Conservative neglected to mention that `Willie' was also the nickname of William Shakespeare, whose plays were performed in the Globe Theatre by men who played the female roles. Thus, it's obvious that despite being a right-winger, Limbaugh endorses TRANSVESTITES!"
- Los Angeles Times TV critic Howard Rosenberg, September 21.


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